FEST Live Auction will raise the roof!
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of CAMP Rehoboth’s Women’s FEST, donors have stepped forward with unparalleled live auction offerings, and you can be a winner! An Olivia luxury cruise, a James Beard nominee prepared gourmet in-home dinner, a professional wedding photography package, your very own Mixx cocktail, and spectacular original FEST artwork are on the block.
Auctioneer Susan Morissette will start the bidding promptly at 7:45 p.m. on Friday April 10 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Grab a Queer Queens of Qomedy Show ticket for admission and get there at 7:15 p.m. for early seating and a cash bar. Read up on these fabulous auction items and come prepared with your best and highest bids!
Olivia Luxury Cruise
Women’s FEST Presenting Sponsor Olivia has generously donated a Greek Isles and Turkish Delight Cruise with Veranda Stateroom accommodations for two! Olivia charters the entire ship, so it’s all women, all the time. Two lucky women with the winning bid will join 600 passengers in an intimate setting to appreciate the magic of the Aegean Sea on Olivia’s Greek Isles and Turkish Delights Cruise (August 16-23, 2015). With histories and cultures spanning more than 2000 years, it’s no wonder that Greece and Turkey are must-see countries. Istanbul is the gateway to Asia (or to Europe, depending on which direction you’re facing), and houses the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Haghia Sophia, which was first a church for 1,000 years before becoming a mosque and now a museum. In Lesvos, hang out on the island that gave us one of ancient Greece’s greatest poets, Sappho, and enjoy a glass of ouzo (Greece’s famous aniseed-flavored spirit).
Imagine yourself strolling the streets of Ephesus, the second-largest metropolitan area in the Roman Empire, passing the Temple of Artemis and the Library of Celsus. Then, relax on the white, red and black sand beaches of Mykonos and Santorini, dine on fresh seafood, sip Greek wine and watch some of the fiercest and fiery sunsets you’ll ever see. You’ll travel to Chania, Crete, where you will see the intersections of Greek, Venetian, and Ottoman influences on every corner through Minoan ruins, Byzantine churches and impressive frescos. Finally, when you debark in Athens, you’ll see some of the most impressive, ancient architecture the world has ever known...it dots the hillside and lights up the night sky to remind you that a civilization once so powerful still remains incredibly influential. This luxury escape is valued at over $9,100 so get ready to bid big! Thank you Olivia for this spectacular donation!
a(MUSE.) Your Friends with a James Beard Nominee Gourmet Dinner
a(MUSE.) Restaurant (44 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach) creates food rooted in culinary tradition that also uses modern culinary techniques of today. Chefs source the highest quality ingredients from our local region, procure sustainable Atlantic seafood, work with people who raise their animals naturally, and forage our local land to ensure guests enjoy a truly modern mid-Atlantic dining experience.
This year, Hari Cameron, James Beard nominee for best chef, mid-Atlantic and chef owner of a(MUSE.) will create culinary magic in the winning bidder’s home! Yes local foodies, the bidding victor of this spectacular auction item will delight in a four-course gourmet dinner for eight in their Rehoboth area home.
James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and further the Foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire.
Having a James Beard nominee prepare an intimate dining experience in your home for you and seven friends is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Thank you Chef Hari Cameron for this lavish donation and we commend you on your prestigious nomination.
Chef Cameron will consult with the winner on food preferences and special dietary requests and you’ll work together to schedule the dining extravaganza for a mutually convenient date and time. Please note that wine or alcohol is not included.
Original Women’s FEST Work of Art
Local photographer Geri Dibiase (GeriDibiase.com) has a unique approach to her art—a process of focusing on the emotional rather than the pictorial, the suggestive rather than the literal. And Geri has outdone herself this year with the original artwork she soulfully created especially for Women’s FEST’s 15th anniversary.
Geri has been a generous donor of her incomparable artwork to CAMP Rehoboth for nearly eight years and has supported its Women’s FEST fundraising program and event with art donations for five years. Limited edition FEST t-shirts featuring Geri’s art have become collectables, and her original FEST art is always a favorite and big bid item at live auction.
This year, Geri’s gift for visualization guided her in depicting phases of women’s imagery. The Goddess, sun, moon, and superbly chosen bright colors capture the essence of the feminine psyche.
Geri’s 28”x32” original image is printed on archival canvas, gallery wrapped and ready to hang. It will be available for preview prior to the auction. You won’t want to leave without this spectacular piece!
While in Rehoboth for Women’s FEST, be sure to stop by Mixx Restaurant (26 Baltimore Avenue) to view Geri’s latest exhibit, which will be featured at the restaurant through May. Thank you Geri for your very perceptive 15th anniversary creation and donation!
Your Very Own Mixx Cocktail and Free Drinks for a Year
Mixx Restaurant (26 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach) is known for its innovative American Fusion cuisine and is locally famous for owner and mixologist extraordinaire, Ginger Breneman’s remarkable libations. Ginger has been concocting the best in mélanges for over a decade.
This year, as for the past four years, Ginger is generously donating a one-of-a-kind, signature cocktail offering for the Women’s FEST auction. Here’s your chance to bid to have Ginger work one-on-one with you to create a new cocktail that you’ll get to name—after yourself, a loved one, your fur-baby best friend—your choice!
What’s more, for the 12 months following your winning bid, Mixx will serve up two of your signature drinks free of charge every time you visit the restaurant! Everyone loves Ginger’s auction item and starring in their own Mixx cocktail! Thank you Ginger and Mixx for your fun donation!
Professional Wedding Photography Package
For over 15 years, Sue Fortier has conveyed the power and intimacy of special events by breathing life into pictures with clarity and meticulous attention to detail. Her photographs become the celebration in all its glory, making memories last forever.
Sue Fortier Photography (37169 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach) has donated a very special wedding photography package for this year’s live auction valued at $800. This is your chance to have one of the top professional photographers in the region capture the most special moment of your lives.
Come with the winning bid and enjoy Sue Fortier’s special gift for detail and composition that is second to none. Please note that your wedding must take place within a 50 mile radius of Rehoboth Beach before December 31, 2016. Thank you Sue Fortier Photography!
Bid to Support the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center!
All proceeds from the Women’s FEST live auction support the work of CAMP Rehoboth.